iPhone 5 supply stabilizes in the U.S. for first time since launch

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
With the lucrative holiday shopping season in full swing, the popular iPhone 5 handset is now readily available in the U.S. at Apple's brick-and-mortar retail stores as the company has apparently overcome supply issues experienced since the device was launched in September.

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While the Apple online store still shows one-week ship-by dates, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said a poll of 20 U.S. Apple Stores reveals the iPhone 5 is readily available at physical Apple Stores for the first time since the unit was released at the end of September.

"We believe the iPhone 5 has finally reached a point where consumers can walk into an Apple Store and walk out with a phone," Munster said in a note to investors on Thursday.

The analyst performs a nightly check with the online Apple Store for local pick-up orders half an hour after new stock arrives at 100 locations. He also noted that 20 out of 20 Apple Stores polled showed availability for Verizon models, the supply of which has been the most constrained out of the three major U.S. carriers.

"The bottom line is that AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are consistently showing 90%+ availability," Munster wrote.

AppleInsider was able to verify the claims with local Apple Stores, most of which had all versions of the iPhone 5 available for purchase as of Wednesday night.



A similar report earlier this month showed that, while inventory of Sprint versions of the Phone 5 was improving, models supported by AT&T and Verizon's networks were still seeing constraints.

Going further, Munster maintains his estimate of 45 million iPhone shipments for the fourth quarter, but warns that there may not be a significant upside as supply is only now meeting demand.

According to a recent report, the iPhone 5 helped to double Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market, pushing it ahead of worldwide leader Android.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Apple's released an iPhone 5?

    When the f*ck did this happen?

    Awesome!
  • Reply 2 of 9
    adybadyb Posts: 200member
    That must mean no one is buying them!!

    Apple is Doomed......

    /s
  • Reply 3 of 9


    you can't be that stupid

  • Reply 4 of 9
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    <div align="center"><img src="http://photos.appleinsidercdn.com/12.11.29-iPhone5_Availability.jpg" alt="iPhone 5 Availability" width="453" height="288" border="0"><br><span class="minor2 small gray">Source: <a href="http://www.piperjaffray.com">Piper Jaffray</a></span></div>.

    Yet another stupid article and, even more to the point, stupid headline.

    Just what does 'stabilizes' mean? Who makes the arbitrary decision that a 2 week lead time is unstable and a one week lead time is stable?

    More importantly, look at the graphic. It looks like AT&T and Sprint have had stock since shortly after launch. Only Verizon failed. So a more accurate headline would be "Verizon catches up to AT&T and Sprint in iPhone 5 availability".
  • Reply 5 of 9


    Finally got mine.


     


    Lucrative holiday season?  In the greatest recession since the great depression?  


     


    Guess I'm doing a better job than I thought.

  • Reply 6 of 9
    obama wrote: »
    Finally got mine.

    Lucrative holiday season?  In the greatest recession since the great depression?  

    Guess I'm doing a better job than I thought.

    "In the greatest recession since the great depression?"

    Sounds like you're describing Ballmer.
  • Reply 7 of 9


    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

    "In the greatest recession since the great depression?"

    Sounds like you're describing Ballmer.


     


    In the greatest recession since the great depression,


    I'm expressin', I'm guessin' that Windows 8 will be distressin'


    The Apples and their impression of what computers really are


    Because the Microsoft Surface is gonna be the real star


     


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  • Reply 8 of 9
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Funniest. Gif. Ever.

    (Eh, did the Forums just go and get iPad friendly when I wasn't looking?

    Christmas appears to be coming early this year.)
  • Reply 9 of 9
    Glad I bought one this week. But oh wait, they still haven't improved quality control seeing as I have a 3/4 inch scuff where the aluminum meets the glass on the back of my black i5
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